Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Buddy Guy, the Rides, Les Paul Trio, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Part of Front and Center Season 2

American Public Television is producing a second season of the concert series Front and Center (formerly Front Row Center), featuring hour-long concerts by both veteran and modern artists. The new season premiers in September on local PBS stations.


The nine episodes were all shot in the New York area at Jazz at Lincoln Center's The Allen Room, The Iridium, located in the heart of Times Square, and at The McKittrick Hotel.

Among the artists are the Rides, the new supergroup made up of Stephen Stills, Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde with the Les Paul Trio and Buddy Guy.

The lineup for season two:

  • Jack Johnson - Jack Johnson's simple songs about life, love and the universe take viewers on a lyrical journey, including fan favorites Better Together, Sitting, Waiting, Wishing and As I Was Saying, plus songs from his new album From Here to Now to You. Filmed at Jazz at Lincoln Center's The Allen Room.
  • Train - Pat Monahan and company perform their latest album, California 37, in its entirety at The Iridium. Highlights include 50 Ways to Say Goodbye, Hey, Soul Sister and Bruises.
  • JJ Grey & Mofro - Full of Southern style and sass, JJ Grey and his band blend front porch soul and down-home storytelling in a laying-it-on-the-line show. Filmed at The Iridium. Songs include Your Lady, She's Shady and The Sweetest Thing.
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Filmed at the one-of-a-kind McKittrick Hotel in a cabaret setting, the veteran jazz players stir up the crowd with their incredible tunes and invigorating musicianship. Songs include Bourbon Street and That's It.
  • Buddy Guy - The pioneer of the Chicago blues sound brings his legendary showmanship to The Iridium.
  • Jake Bugg - The 19-year-old English singer-songwriter brings his UK chart-topping songs to The Iridium.
  • Zakk Wylde & the Les Paul Trio - Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne) and The Iridium's regular Monday night house band pay tribute to the man, the myth and the legend that was Les Paul, the 'father of the electric guitar.'
  • Rock Candy Funk Party - With a sound as celebratory as the name suggests, Rock Candy Funk Party is powered by a collaboration of world-class musicians — producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus of Planet Funk (guitar), Mike Merritt of Conan O'Brien's late show band (bass), and Renato Neto, who recorded and toured with Prince for nearly a decade (keys). Filmed at The Iridium, highlights include Octopus-e and New York Song.
  • The Rides - Stephen Stills' blues-rock "super group," whose debut album was inspired by his 1968 Super Session album, features guitar wizard Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Electric Flag's Barry Goldberg at The Iridium.
The show is produced by Front and Center Entertainment in association with WNET in New York. Check your local PBS station's schedule for air dates.

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